Israeli Blood-sport in Gaza
By Mike Whitney
Clearing House" -- -- ““We are sure that Israel
is using a new chemical or radioactive weapon in their
operation…When we try to X-ray dead bodies, we find no trace of
shrapnel that hit the person killed.” Dr. al-Saqqa, Shifa hospital,
Gaza; following the examination of the “completely burnt” bodies of
dead Palestinians killed in Israeli air raid.
Question: How many editorials or op-ed columns have appeared in
American newspapers defending the rights of Palestinian civilians to
live in peace without the constant threat of being invaded or
shelled by the world’s forth largest military?
How many editorials or op-ed columnists have defended the Geneva
Conventions or international laws against collective punishment, the
willful destruction of critical infrastructure, or military
maneuvers that deliberately put civilians in imminent danger?
Then how many editorials or op-ed columnists have presented the
recent flurry of events (including the capture of Israeli soldier
Galid Shalit) in the broader context of Israel’s ongoing boycott of
food and medical supplies, as well as the 50 or so Palestinian
civilians who have been killed in Israel’s regular incitements in
the occupied territories?
The account of Palestinian suffering and victim-hood rarely finds
its way into the mainstream press, but in the present case, it has
been completely ignored. In fact, none of the media provide any
context for the current invasion at all. Israel’s blockade of food
and lethal provocations have been going on for months, and yet, the
accounts from Gaza would have the reader believe that history began
on the day that the Israeli soldier was captured.
Sure, if the reader wants a balanced perspective, he can go to the
internet and choose from the many articles which provide the Israeli
or Palestinian perspective of events, but the mainstream media?
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.
The bias has grown into such an impenetrable cloud of pro-Israeli
rubbish that it’s laughable. In fact, its more likely to stumble
across the random article lambasting Bush or Cheney than anything
remotely critical of Israel.
There’s no debate about the facts of Israel’s brutal siege of Gaza.
The only thing in dispute is the way those facts are skewed in the
American media. Pick up the New York Times and you would swear it
was edited by Ariel Sharon. There’s not even an attempt at
evenhandedness; just the foolish ruminations of scribes who think
they can spin war crimes into hard-hitting journalism.
Israel has been pummeling Gaza for months; intentionally starving
the beleaguered occupants while lobbing 6,000 artillery shells into
populated areas. Isn’t that front page news?
Meanwhile, another 50 civilians have been bumped-off in
gangland-style hits ("Targeted assassinations") authorized by the
Knesset’s newest Mafia Don, Ehud Olmert. Olmert has put the carnage
and destruction into high-gear eliciting criticism from his very own
daughter who protested in front of her father’s home with signs that
said, “Stop the Killing” among other things.
The Israelis have developed “sound machines” that emit ear-piercing
explosions that have been deployed in Gaza City to shatter windows,
cause miscarriages, and send children into deep trauma. It is a
“terror device” pure and simple; it has no other function except to
produce massive fear and anxiety. It is the latest weapon in the
prodigious arsenal of the “world’s most moral army” (Olmert quote)
So why can’t we get the real scoop about Israel’s depredations in
the territories or, at the very least, an occasional article
providing a differing point of view? Is that too much to ask?
Simply put, anyone who believes this nonsense about “the poor
abducted soldier” who fell prey to Hamas terrorists is a fool. The
soldier is part of an illegal occupation which has been condemned in
countless UN resolutions and which makes him a legitimate target in
the struggle for national liberation. Since his capture, he has
received medical attention and, my guess is, he probably hasn’t been
tortured or abused at all. (which certainly would not be the case if
he was captured by Israeli or American forces)
So, who’re the terrorists here anyway?
Newly elected Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has been calling
for calm and restraint throughout the entire 14 day ordeal. In fact,
Haniyeh has made repeated appeals to the militants to release the
soldier unharmed even while “Olmert the barbarian” was rampaging
through Gaza blowing up roads, electric power plants, water lines,
and, yes, even schools.
Schools, for God’s sakes. That’s just flat nuts!
If Israel had any sense they’d dump Olmert the madman and appoint
Haniyeh as Prime Minister. So far, he’s the only one who has emerged
from this mess looking like a reasonable fellow. (Note: Israel
continues to threaten his life.)
Anyway, don’t expect objectivity from the American “free press”. I
had to search through the Arab media just to find out that the UN
was sending a fact-finding mission to Gaza to report on “Israel’s
grave rights violations”. Don’t you think that the American people
would like to know that little tidbit?
Or, that UN special-rapporteur, John Dugard is headed off to Gaza to
investigate the Israeli military’s “disproportionate use of force
against civilians”. Dugard said, “It is clear that Israel is in
violation of the most fundamental norms of humanitarian law and
His comments have not appeared in any American newspaper.
Wouldn’t the American people want to know how far removed their
government is from the prevailing opinion of other countries?
Sure they would, but don’t expect the media to tell them.
The American public has no idea the effect this invasion has had on
the Muslim world; the mass demonstrations in Amman, Cairo, Tehran,
Doha etc. They haven’t heard the anger ring-out at the United
Nations or the world leaders who are sick and tired of the US
defending Israel’s heavy-handed tactics.
The average American has no idea that Israel is keeping over 9,000
prisoners locked up without charges and that over 400 of them are
woman and children.
What the hell are they doing with children anyway? It’s an outrage.
It’s pretty clear that Israel would never get away with its crimes
against humanity if it didn’t have a trustworthy friend in the
American media. The streetwalking western press gave Bush a free
pass on his Iraqi bloodbath; now they’re abetting Israel in its
terror-crusade in Gaza.
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